MEET THE BOARD
Lyssa Towl :: President
Lyssa has worked in the health care industry for more than twenty years and has proven expertise in Performance Management; Continuous Process Improvement; Tactical Implementation and Analysis; Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Cycle Management; Heath Care Quality Improvement; Account and Contract Management; Physician Coaching; Staff Leadership and Team Development. A dynamic systems thinker, she is able to assess complex organizations and processes while developing effective solutions based on the relationships and interactions between component elements. She is the founder of Green Mountain Management, a health care consulting firm.
Lyssa possesses rich experience in and a deep understanding of the US health care system, having worked in hospitals, HMOs, hospice and physician-led organizations. She has served as Executive Director of Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, a division of UnitedHealth Group, and as Regional Director of Business Operations for Sound Inpatient Physicians. Prior to that, she spent eight years with Kaiser Permanente in leadership and consultant roles. She holds MBA and MSHA degrees from the University of Colorado Denver, in addition to a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Albion College.
In her spare time she is family focused and the love of outdoors. She is an energetic skier, hiker, and cyclist. She is an active participant in the National Charity League and at Evergreen Country Day School.
Owner, Green Mountain Management
Beth Martin, BSN, MBA :: Vice President
Beth Martin has extensive clinical and administrative experience in the health care industry. She has held operational and executive leadership positions in academic, public, community and faith based health care systems. Recognized for contributions to optimizing care settings, maximizing the care continuum, caring for vulnerable populations, improving safe transitions of care, leadership development, program development, nursing care and nursing practice innovations and financial management for complex health systems.
Beth holds a BA in Secondary Education, BSN from Loretto Heights College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Her educational background coupled with strong professional experiences has enabled her to big picture and translate to operational outcomes. Beth is known for her relationship based leadership skills in working with diverse individuals, groups and organizations to collaborative achieve mutually beneficial goals and outcomes.
Beth and her husband Tom have two married sons and three grandchildren, all living in Michigan. She is very dedicated to her two dogs Dottie and Buddy. Personal interests are volunteering for Project Cure, playing bridge and golfing. She has recently joined the Parker Adventist Hospital Board of Directors.
Principle in Healthcare Consulting, Martin and Associates: primary focus in executive leadership, improvements through process excellence and specific project/change management
Brian Chase CPA/PFS, CBA :: Treasurer
Brian Chase has worked in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years and is an accomplished leader. His practice focuses on working with professional service based businesses and their owners, as well as high net worth individuals. Brian began working with a small CPA practice of four individuals, became partner, bought out his partner, built the practice, and eventually merged it into JDS Professional Group where he heads up the tax/consulting and valuation areas of the practice. JDS is a practice of approximately forty employees and is run by Brian and his two partners.
Over the years Brian has worked with numerous medical practices in the capacity of advisor, CFO, and consultant. His strengths are his ability to see the whole picture and advise his clients in the most efficient ways to build and maintain wealth.
When not working, you will generally find Brian outdoors! He is an avid mountain biker, mountain climber, hiker (has summited all of Colorado’s 14 thousand foot peaks), and soccer enthusiast. Brian has played and coached soccer his entire life and is in his 7th year of coaching his daughter’s soccer team. Brian also delights in traveling throughout the world.
Partner, JDS Professional Group, Wealth Advisor, Noven Financial Group
Jane Wingquist MBA, MSHA :: Secretary
Jane worked for over thirty years in both private clinic and non-profit hospital administration and earned MBA and MSHA degrees from the University of Colorado, Denver. The latter part of her career focused on hospital and research regulatory compliance. She worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado as Corporate Compliance Officer and at Rady Children’s Hospital (in San Diego) as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, before retiring in 2014. Jane enjoyed facing the challenges of regulatory compliance - including writing policies, overseeing staff training, conducting investigations, and auditing established procedures for compliance.
Jane lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband Art Flewelling, and their two dogs and cat. They like to spend their days golfing, traveling, gardening and visiting their kids and grandkids in Telluride and Wisconsin.
In retirement years, Jane became intimately involved with health issues specific to transplants and cancer. She looks forward to bringing both her work and her personal experiences to assist in the success of the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund.
Beth Luedke is a 25-year Commercial Interiors industry veteran and has represented several leading industry manufacturers in furniture, prefabricated walls and acoustics. Beth has built a solid foundation of loyal clients through her industry knowledge, technical expertise and attention to detail. Ms. Luedke has a long record of successfully guiding local, national and multi-national clients through the process of interior space planning, product acquisition and technical coordination. Beth’s exemplary performance and technical expertise has earned her significant repeat business and she was awarded the Trendway Sales Representative of the Year in 2012 and the Architectural Product Specialist of the Year in 2013. Her specific areas of expertise include acoustic planning, strategic planning and space utilization.
In addition to serving on the Board for RMBCAF, Beth is an active volunteer with the Foot Hills Animal Shelter, IIDA Mentor program and the Denver Public Libraries. She has her LEED-AP ID+C Certification and has taught and published several Continuing Education University courses for both AIA and IIDA.
In her free time, Beth enjoys hiking, skiing, volleyball and traveling with her husband, teenage daughter and the family dogs.
Devin Nelson, Physician Assistant
Devin is an inpatient physician assistant for the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI). CBCI is the leading bone marrow stem cell transplant program in Colorado and provides care for patients with blood cancers. CBCI is part of the research consortium of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute which provides patients access to innovative clinical trials. Before joining CBCI, Devin completed a postgraduate residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and later worked as a physician assistant in the hematologic malignancy department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Devin earned her Masters in Medical Science from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Science from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
Devin has now lived in Denver for over 2 years, and feels lucky to lead an adventurous, outdoorsy Colorado lifestyle. Throughout her career as a healthcare provider, she has experienced first-hand the stressors and hardships placed upon our patients. Many times, the financial burden of medical care can be one of the most daunting obstacles for our patients. It is an honor to serve on the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund and offer aid to those in need.
Inpatient Physician Assistant, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI)
Erin Wheeler, MPH
Erin Wheeler is the Director of Population Health Services for FullWell. FullWell is a collaborative, physician centered organization focused on bringing tools, resources, and competencies to the Colorado Health Neighborhood network (CHN). CHN network has over 4,500 providers both employed and independent practitioners across Colorado. FullWell supports those providers along the value based care continuum with access to various risk sharing arrangements, products, program and services. Prior to joining FullWell, Erin spent 2 years as a Practice Operations leader for both primary care and specialty practices at SCL Health. Erin started her healthcare career with Kaiser Permanente where she spent 15 years in various leadership positions including Medicaid line of business management, Utilization Management/Quality, and regional medical office operations accountability. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from University of Colorado.
Erin is a proud Colorado native and takes advantage of many of the outdoor activities available in Colorado including skiing, biking, golfing, and hiking. Erin believes it’s a privilege to serve on a Board that is focused on helping patients in their most vulnerable time and need and that we can make a positive impact on this important population.
Director of Population Health Services, FullWell
Nancy Mutz, RN, MHA
Nancy is passionate about and has had extensive experience with cancer care during her career as a nurse as well as supporting and caring for numerous family members and friends. Some of the highlights of her career include Director of Surgical Services for Littleton Adventist Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Ambulatory Surgery Center. She also worked as a consultant for HCIA doing healthcare improvement projects throughout the country and supported the Colorado Hospital Association on many initiatives. Her educational background includes the following degrees: B.S. Biology, Nursing, M.A. Healthcare Administration and graduate certificates in Marketing and Finance.
As a fourth generation Coloradan she has had the pleasure of a lifetime of outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, camping, and golf. Recently she has convinced her intrepid husband and daughter to join her in the sport of curling.
Marcello Rotta, MD
Marcello originally trained in Medicine, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the University of Torino, Italy were he obtained his MD with summa cum laude in 2002. He has been active publishing in Clinical Research in this field since 2002 and won several awards and scholarships related to his work.
Marcello has extensive experience in the treatment of Hematological Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplant. He has been involved in several International multi-centric Clinical Trials. In 2006, he joined the Transplant Biology Program at Fred Hutchinson cancer Research Center, University of Washington, in Seattle. There, he worked on Stem Cell Transplantation Models as well in Clinical Research. Under Dr. Storb’s mentorship, he received the post-doctoral research fellowship from the American Italian Cancer Foundation and the Medical Research Award from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation.
Marcello served as a Visiting Physician at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Inpatient and Outpatient Transplant Unit. Certified in Medicine and Hematology in Italy, he then completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Yale University and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University.
Marcello serves as Co-Director of Leukemia Service Line at Colorado Blood Cancer, providing care for the largest number of adults with hematological diseases in the Rocky Mountain region - one of the largest contributors and affiliated centers to the Sarah Cannon Research Institute. They support local oncologists and communities with our outreach clinics in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and Montana.
Marcello has a personal involvement and a life commitment to high quality care for patient with leukemia and others hematological malignancies.
Co-Director of Leukemia Service Line at Colorado Blood Cancer